October Update from CfM's Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Dr. Stewart Edelstein is the Executive Director of the Universities at Shady Grove and the 2014-2015 CfM Chair

Dear Colleagues –

It is with great delight that I convey that our congressman from Maryland’s 6th District, John Delaney, has agreed to speak at our October 6th meeting. Congressman Delaney will focus on two topics that he has actively spoken out and written about that are critical to Montgomery County and Maryland:  economic development and reform of the election process. 

Some of you know that Congressman Delaney recently authored an op-ed in the Washington Post.  It addressed what he refers to as ”the structural failure” in our electoral process. 

After two decades spent gaining a data-driven perspective in the private sector, I believe that problems on this scale are usually caused by structural failures. Our electoral process has created perverse incentives that have warped our democracy and empowered special interests and a vocal minority. Congressional dysfunction is the logical result of closed primaries, too many gerrymandered one-party seats and low-turnout elections. 

To address these problems, I filed the Open Our Democracy Act in July. If passed, the legislation would mandate open primaries for House elections, begin the process of national redistricting reform and make Election Day the equivalent of a federal holiday.

Here’s a link to the entire piece.  

We will be asking the Congressman to address questions important to CfM: 

  •  Why did you write this op-ed?  What is it within this context that CfM, which is focused solely on the State legislation and policy, can do to help?
     
  • What are the economic challenges facing Maryland and how should state government effectively address these challenges?  What specific actions can the state take to support the economic growth and development of Montgomery County and the surrounding jurisdictions in Maryland?
     
  •   How does regional and national cooperation on economic development issues work?  Are there examples of where this works best?

We encourage you to invite other members of your organization or other interested individuals to attend this meeting.  Attached is a flyer which can be distributed to others who you believe should attend. 

And, finally, I want to thank Jonathan Sachs (Adventist HealthCare), for the great job he did re-doing our website, Ellen Bogage (Chesapeake Public Strategies), for agreeing to handle the back end of the website going forward, and Mark Doore (MedStar Health), for working on our social media presence.  Please visit the new CfM website: wwww.committeeformontgomery.org and “like” us on the CfM Facebook page from your personal and organizational accounts.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, October 6th.  Our Board meeting will start promptly at 8 amin Room 101, Building I, Universities at Shady Grove. 

Stew Edelstein
CfM Chair